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Football fans will be able to watch up to 75 live matches across five European competitions during the first five weeks of Sky Sports 5.

TV viewers are in for a feast of football on the new channel, which launches on August 12th with the UEFA Super Cup between Real Madrid and Sevilla.

This will be the first of around 600 live matches on Sky Sports 5 - which is available at no extra charge to Sky Sports customers - over the course of the 2014-15 campaign.

During the first few weeks of the new channel, viewers will also be able to enjoy 24 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifiers, 18 UEFA Champions League fixtures, and at least three games a week from Spain's La Liga and the Netherlands' Eredivisie.

Sky Sports Managing Director Barney Francis said his firm will be delivering "the ultimate European football channel".

"This opening schedule shows we’re delivering from day one," he stated.

"Only on Sky Sports 5 can viewers enjoy Messi, Bale and Ronaldo week-in, week-out in some of the best European competitions."

Mr Francis claimed there is "no better place for fans of European football".

Non-Sky Sports subscribers will also have the opportunity to tune in to Sky Sports 5 for the big games, such as 'El Classico' - Barcelona v Real Madrid - in Spain, and 'De Topper' - Ajax v PSV Eindhoven - in the Netherlands.

This is because the new channel is available as part of the Sky Sports Day Pass on NOW TV.

Football fans can gain pay-as-you-go access to Sky Sports channels over any 24-hour period for a fee of £9.99.

This will allow them to watch European football action via a range of connected devices.

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